From our correspondent
ISLAMABAD: The Covid-19 continues to hit cricket. And after IPL’s postponement at half-way stage uncertainty is now hovering over the fate of the T20 World Cup which India is supposed to host in October-November.
The basic purpose of the IPL’s conduction in India this season was to make a rehearsal for the T20 World Cup later this year but after IPL’s bubble started detecting Covid positives which resultantly forced the organisers to postpone the IPL for an indefinite period, it created doubts over India’s ability to hold the global event at a time when India is battling deadly attack of the coronavirus.
India had already identified nine potential venues for hosting the 16-team global event to be held in October-November.
And it means that a huge travelling may create a big issue. According to Indian media the BCCI may also propose the World Cup to be conducted in one city in Mumbai but the cricket boards of the rest of the nations would not accept that.
A BCCI source says that India may be hit by another Covid spike in the final quarters of this year and so the world cricket governing body will not be able to wait till September but will decide the venue of the global event earlier.
Last year India had successfully held IPL in three venues in the UAE including Sharjah, Dubai and Abu Dhabi. And if shifted the World Cup there from India it would not be a big issue for the foreign teams to reach the UAE in the risk-filled environment.
Meanwhile it is also likely that the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) will shift the PSL’s remaining matches to the UAE from Karachi. All the six franchises have requested the Board to conduct their remaining matches in the UAE. According to sources the ball is now in the court of the PCB and it will decide the matter after taking an input from NCOC.
The PSL has been postponed early March after a handful of foreign players and support staff personnel had tested positive. Only 14 matches had been held. The remaining 20 matches have been rescheduled from June 1-20 at the National Stadium Karachi.